A lot of local attention has been focused on the incoherent self serving ramblings of the former Recovery Czar.
One of the myths I often heard coming up was that "You can't bullshit a bullshitter". Over the years I've learned that it is the most wildly inaccurate conventional wisdom imaginable. In fact it must have been invented by bullshitters.I deal with sales droids all the time. They are generally focused on one thing, validation and reinforcement of their own egos. In sales that is a usually the commission check. The check represents validation and success.
They are convinced of their own invincibility, all rational evidence to the contrary. They are so sure of themselves they often fall for the other guy's line of bullshit. Even wildly successful salesmen who are truly talented are successively taken in by this same trap over and over again.
Nagin is a sales droid. He's been shinin' people on with a smile and a shoeshine his whole life. He has the banter and charisma.
Sales droids flock together like turkeys.
It's no wonder that Muffert fell into his influence well.
Like a piece of interstellar flotsam into a black hole.
Blakely represents a special case of bullshitter. A huckster who believes his own bullshit.
He reminds me of a combination of a demented game show host like Chuck Barris (former CIA assassin)
and Elmer Gantry.
I hope this clears up some of your confusion.